Al Akhawayn University
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2014)|
|Established||January 16, 1995|
|Type||Tuition-based public university|
|Students||1833 of which 10 % are international students (as of fall 2012)|
|Colors||Green and white|
Al Akhawayn University (Arabic: جامعة الأخوين, meaning The Two Brothers' University referring to the King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, and King Hassan II of Morocco; French: Université Al Akhawayn) is an independent, public, not-for-profit, coeducational university located in Ifrane, Morocco, 70 km (43 mi) from the imperial city of Fez, in the midst of the Middle Atlas Mountains.
The creation of Al Akhawayn University was largely funded by the King of Saudi Arabia from a large endowment intended for the cleanup of an oil spill off the coast of Morocco. However, the cleanup was never realized as the wind blew the oil spill away and the endowment was used to create the university. Al Akhawayn University was founded by Royal Decree (Dahir) in 1993 and officially inaugurated by the former King Hassan II of Morocco, on January 16, 1995.
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is an independent, public, not-for-profit, coeducational, Moroccan university committed to educating future citizen-leaders of Morocco and the world through a globally oriented, English -language, liberal arts curriculum based on the American system. The university enhances Morocco and engages the world through leading-edge educational and research programs, including continuing and executive education, upholds the highest academic and ethical standards, and promotes equity and social responsibility.
Founded in 1993 by Royal Dahir (decree), Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane opened its doors to students in January 1995.
With approximately 1,800 full-time students living and studying together on a residential campus in the Middle Atlas town of Ifrane, Al Akhawayn offers undergraduate program options in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and Business Administration – all connected by a core of courses based on the American liberal arts model.
Academic Centers and Institutes
- Language Center
- Institute of Economic Analysis & Prospective Studies
- Social Science Research Institute
- Hillary Rodham Clinton Women’s Empowerment Center
- Azrou Center for Local Community Development
- Executive Education Center
- Center for Business Ethics